HARD work and sustained motivation.
Those were the key ingredients which have led to a Huddersfield state school being named as the best in Kirklees in GCSE performance league tables announced today.
Salendine Nook High School came top of the class in the key stage four and five results released by the Department for Education.
Figures show that 71% of students achieved at least five grade A* to C GCSE passes including English and maths, which is the government’s benchmark figure.
Only pupils of Heckmondwike, Huddersfield and Batley Grammar Schools, which are selective, achieved better results.
Headteacher Christine Spencer said “tremendous work” by students and staff had led to the success.
She said children had attended additional study sessions during holidays and parents had also attended support sessions such as “mums and maths” classes to help their children revise.
The school had developed an intervention programme to support students who were identified as under-achieving and it was already working with its year 10 students to ensure they achieved success in the next GCSE examinations.
“We have organised motivational assemblies for students. It’s not just one thing which has contributed.
“A variety of things have impacted and we are trying to build on those to sustain our success in the future,” she added.
Link to full list of schools and GCSE table on next page.